May 30, 2023

Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump Announces Plans to Sue Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Administration for Blocking AP African American Studies From Being Taught

Civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump intends to sue Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis following his resolution to block AP African American Studies.

In accordance to Crump’s workplace, three AP honors highschool college students, who would be the lead plaintiffs within the lawsuit, will be a part of him.

A number of Florida state lawmakers, together with Home Minority Chief Fentrice Driskell and American Federation of Academics secretary-treasurer Fedrick Ingram, will even attend.

Earlier this month, DeSantis’ administration rejected the AP’s African American research program in a letter to the School Board this month.

In accordance to Florida regulation, the content material of this course is inexplicably opposite to Florida regulation and considerably lacks instructional worth, however the state didn’t specify which content material was objectionable.

Thus far, the state has cited six problems with concern and writings by Angela Davis, Gloria Jean Watkins (higher identified by her pseudonym Bell Hooks), Kimberlé W. Crenshaw, and different Black authors.

Moreover, DeSantis and Training Commissioner Manny Diaz Jr. stated at a information convention on Monday that the course is a entrance for “indoctrinating” kids with a left-wing ideology whereas pretending to be a lesson on the Black expertise and African American historical past (which is remitted within the state).

The School Board stated on Tuesday {that a} revised AP course framework, which has reportedly been in improvement since March, can be made accessible.

“We are glad the College Board has recognized that the originally submitted course curriculum is problematic, and we are encouraged to see the College Board express a willingness to amend,” stated Alex Lanfranconi, a spokesperson for the company.  “AP courses are standardized nationwide, and as a result of Florida’s strong stance against identity politics and indoctrination, students across the country will consequentially have access to an historically accurate, unbiased course.”

In accordance to Lanfranconi, content material about matters “that violate our laws” might be taken down.  This contains essential race concept, Black queer research and intersectionality.